Current MPS Track Leaders

Elizabeth A Babcock

Associate Professor

(305) 421-4852
I work on fisheries stock assessment and quantitative ecological modelling, with focal species including sharks, tunas, billfishes, sturgeons, conchs and lobsters. The use of innovative data sources and analysis methods to inform conservation and management of fisheries for which traditional fisheries data are lacking is a primary focus of my...

Andrew Baker

Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4642
Andrew Baker is an Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the responses of coral reefs to climate change. 

Daniel Domingues Benetti

Director of Aquaculture

(305) 421-4889
Besides my academic and research credentials, I have extensive international professional experience, having worked, consulted, and established research, commercial and educational programs and projects for the private and government sectors in > 20 countries throughout 5 continents over the last 30 years. Expertise in obtaining funding,...

Evan K D'Alessandro

Director, Master of Professional Science Program

(305) 421-4848
Dr. Evan K. D’Alessandro is a lecturer and the director of the Master of Professional Science degree at the University of Miami. His area of expertise is coral reef fish ecology, particularly early life stages, but his research extends into many aspects of marine fish ecology. These include the ecology of mangrove associated fishes,...

Maria Luisa M Estevanez

Senior Lecturer

(305) 421-4012
Ms. Estevanez has been conducting research on marine resource allocation policy. She has done several studies on recreational boating as they relate to environmental issues and marine policy. She uses computer-based geographic information systems in her research.

Neil Hammerschlag

Research Associate Professor
Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program

(305) 421-4356
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. His current research centers broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of marine predators, primarily...

Frederick Hanselmann


(305) 421-4347
Dr. Frederick H. Hanselmann ("Fritz") is an underwater archaeologist and Faculty in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, where he directs the Underwater Archaeology Program.  Having...

Keene Haywood

Senior Lecturer
MPS Exploration Science Track Coordinator

(305) 284-1781
Citizen science, applications of technology to exploration, video production and multimedia in science communication, and geospatial technologies. Dr. Keene Haywood is directing the Exploration Science program through the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. His background is mixture of media production, conservation, geospatial and...

Igor Kamenkovich


(305) 421-4108
Igor Kamenkovich is a Professor of Oceanography in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Kamenkovich is studying ocean dynamics and its role in climate, and his research has focused on mesoscale (tens to hundreds of kilometers) and large-scale (hundreds to...

Chris Langdon


(305) 421-4614
Chris Langdon is a Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is an expert in matters relating to carbon cycling on coral reefs and climate change impacts on coral biology and ecology. Teaching and Mentoring Langdon teaches introduction to marine science...

Diego Lirman

Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4168
Diego Lirman currently works at the Department of Marine Biology & Ecology, University of Miami. Diego does research in Phycology, Marine Biology and Ecology. Their current project is 'Rescue A Reef Citizen Science Program.

David S Nolan, Ph.D.


(305) 421-4930
David Nolan is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami. He is an expert on hurricanes, tropical meteorology, computer modeling of weather phenomena, and tornadoes. Nolan teaches courses on Atmospheric Dynamics, the General Circulation of the...

Jill L Richardson

Senior Lecturer

(305) 421-4340
Jill Richardson began working as a scientist in the marine environment over 13 years ago in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she assessed the sustainability of local lobster harvesting. This is where her passion for other cultures and the development of resource management programs began. Her marine science adventures culminated in a Bachelor...

Roland Romeiser


(305) 421-4645
Roland Romeiser is a Professor in the Ocean Sciences department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is working in the field of ocean remote sensing by radar, with emphasis on the interpretation of images from conventional and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems on...

Brian J Soden

Associate Dean, Master of Professional Science
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

(305) 421-4202
Position and Research Expertise Brian Soden is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth's climate. His areas of interest include understanding climate...

John D. Stieglitz

Research Asst. Professor

(305) 421-4303
My research is focused on understanding how environmental changes of varying origins and temporal scales affect economically and ecologically valuable marine fish species. Utilizing approaches centered on applied ecophysiology of marine fish my research aims to address marine aquaculture production challenges while also developing a greater...